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LAHS Seeks Hall Of Fame Nominations

on March 25, 2015 - 11:26am


The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department is accepting nominations for its 2015 Hall of Fame Class.

Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS Athletic Department website or picked up in the Athletic Office at Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Dr.

There are three categories for nominations: 

  • Former athlete;
  • Former coach (head, assistant, volunteer from mid school or high school); and
  • Contributor to LAPS athletics. 

A contributor could include but is not limited to educator, manager, media, medical, official, trainer, volunteer, athletic director, assistant and volunteer


2015 FEMA Individual And Community Preparedness Award Application Period Now Open

on March 25, 2015 - 10:32am

FEMA News:

DENTON, Texas – Time is running out to apply for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards.

The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient.

FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A panel of representatives from the emergency management community will then select winners in each of the following categories:

  • Outstanding

LAHS Student Directs Robot To Douse Butts

on March 25, 2015 - 10:24am
Los Alamos High School junior Isaiah Lang took a moment to assist in prevention efforts at LAHS to drown out tobacco as part of National Kick Butts Day last Wednesday. Lang has advanced to participate in the upcoming state competition with his firefighter robot. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen 

Letter to the Editor: New Mexicans Should Stand Up

on March 25, 2015 - 10:12am
Santa Fe

As the United States and Iran work toward a historic nuclear draft accord on the status of Iran's nuclear program, dozens of US senators have interfered in the negotiations.

Sen.r Tom Cotton and 46 others sent an ill-informed letter to Ali Khamenei, Supreme Leader of Iran, threatening to end any negotiated agreement regarding nuclear weapons once President Obama leaves office. This undermines the President's ability now, and in the future, to achieve the national security goals of the United States.

It should be the long-term goal of our national leaders to

LAHS Topper Cheer Team Takes 2nd Place At District 2 5A Competition

on March 25, 2015 - 9:55am

The Los Alamos High School Topper Cheer Team achieved a 2nd place finish at the District 2 5A competition Saturday, March 21 at Capital High School in Santa Fe. In addition to cheering at home and away games in support of Topper athletics, the LAHS Cheer Team is required to participate in three competitions during the school year in order to participate in the State Spirit Competition. The Cheer Team will travel to the state competition Friday and Saturday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

Chamisa Shares PARCC Testing Lessons Learned

on March 25, 2015 - 9:12am
Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith
LAPS Prevention Specialist

The window will soon come to a close after the first round of PARCC testing made an entry into Los Alamos schools in recent weeks.

The wisdom of the students was shared with their upper classmen before the testing session began.

“Third graders reflected after the testing and indicated they liked the computer format - liked the tools available for their use to highlight, flag, review, and go back to other questions,” Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith said.


Pink Flamingos Flock Potter Family's Home

on March 25, 2015 - 8:52am
2245 47th St. was recently 'flocked' by Paula Barclay's pink flamingos. Courtesy photo


Spring is in the air and the Mountain Bluebird has been spotted around town. There also have been reports of a flock of pink flamingos sighted in North Community.

Jim and Darlene Potter at 2245 47th St. were the latest recipients of the traveling band of pink flamingos that appeared around town last summer.  The Potter's house was "flocked" by RE/MAX associate broker Paula Barclay after their daughter, Kristin Pederson, nominated her folks for the recognition.

The flamingos are part of a


Rose Chocolatier Art & Poetry Reception Friday

on March 25, 2015 - 8:44am
'Light That Tears amd is Torn' by Connie Pacheco and David Mutshlecner. Courtesy photo
'Cursive' by Connie Pacheco and David Mutshlecner. Courtesy photo
ART News:

Rose Chocolatier is hosting a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 27. This new show will display the collaborative works of Connie Pacheco and David Mutschlecner.

Pacheco is a long time resident and artist of Los Alamos. Her work has been exhibited at Fuller Lodge Art Center, as well as master shows in Albuquerque.

Mutschlecner is a poet and his recent book of poetry is called 'Enigma and Light' (2012).

The reception is


Los Alamos Gymnasts Shine At New Mexico Level 4 And 5 Junior Olympic Championships

on March 25, 2015 - 8:36am

Kayli Lincoln on the beam. Courtesy photo

LASG News:

This past weekend the New Mexico State championships for the level 4 and 5 junior Olympic program were held at Eagle Ridge Gymnastics in Albuquerque.

Katie Wingo represented Los Alamos School of Gymnastics in the level 5 junior age division. Wingo brought home a gold medal on beam. She was the balance beam champion with an 8.95 on that event. Wingo was fourth in the all around with a 34.975. Her other placements included fifth on vault (8.85) and bars (8.525) and sixth on floor (8.65).

Kayli Lincoln represented Los Alamos School of Gymnastics

Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition

on March 25, 2015 - 8:29am
Online applications for the seventh annual Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition are now open and due by March 1, 2016 for the June 19-25, 2016 event at Van Cliburn Recital Hall and Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jury Chairman: Olga Kern
“It is very inspiring to see incredibly talented people of different professions playing piano so beautifully. And their incredible enthusiasm and love for music—it shows through in their performances!

This Week At The Reel Deal

on March 25, 2015 - 8:19am
By Jim O'Donnell
Reel Deal Theater

This Friday we are opening Home. We will hold Cinderella, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and The Second Best Marigold Hotel. We were only going to show Marigold Hotel for one week but it did so well, we have to hold it for one more week. Run All Night will end this Thursday but the caveat is that projector broke down and we are waiting on parts so it most likely won’t be repaired by Thursday. I hope to get it up and running by Friday.

Movie poster for 'Home.' Courtesy Reel Deal Theater

Home: When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on

'Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco' Premiers In Los Alamos April 21

on March 25, 2015 - 7:58am
Micah True, known as Caballo Blanco, on a run. Courtesy photo

FILM News:

“Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” as feature-length documentary about ultra-running legend Micah True will premiere at the Reel Deal Theater in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. The one-night-only event is sponsored by the High Altitude Athletics Club of Los Alamos.

Movie Poster for 'Run Free." Courtesy/film producers

Micah True, better known as Caballo Blanco – the White Horse – was the focal character of Christopher McDougall’s 2009 best-selling book “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and

Canyons Mesas Mountains Skies Opens Friday

on March 25, 2015 - 7:54am

The opening reception for Canyons Mesas Mountains Skies is 5-7 p.m., at Fuller Lodge Art Center, 2132 Central Ave., in downtown Los Alamos. Courtesy/FLAC

Registration Open For YMCA Spring Session For Volleyball Grades 3-6 Until April 10

on March 25, 2015 - 7:47am
YMCA News:
The Family YMCA Spring Session Volleyball is now open for registration up until April 10.
This is a developmental program focused on teaching and improving proper volleyball skills in order to provide participants the foundation to play and compete for years to come.
The season starts April 14 through May 21 for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA Gymnasium in Los Alamos. Cost is $60 / $40 for Y members.

2014 Pino Fire Recognized For Innovative Strategy, Ecosystem Benefits

on March 25, 2015 - 7:47am
SFNF News:
SANTA FE  The Southwest Fire Science Consortium named the Pino Fire on the Santa Fe National Forest the 2014 “Incident of the Year” for lightning-caused fire in the Southwest. 
The 4,313-acre Pino Fire was cited for the innovative suppression strategy that focused on long-term benefits to the landscape and ecosystem.
The Southwest Fire Science Consortium said the Pino Fire stood out for several reasons, including its proximity to neighborhoods and smoke impact on Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Hilltopper Baseball Pasta Dinner March 25

on March 24, 2015 - 4:47pm

YMCA Spring Sports Programs Open For Registration

on March 24, 2015 - 4:38pm

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA Spring Sports Programs are now open for registration.

Little Youth Soccer

  • Register: by April 10
  • Ages: 3-4 & 5-6
  • Season: April 14 – May 21
  • Days: Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs @ 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $60 / $40 for Y members

Diggers Volleyball

  • Register: by April 10
  • Grades: 3rd-4th & 5th-6th
  • Season: April 14 – May 21
  • Days: Tues/Thurs @ 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $60 / $40 for Y members

Youth Track

  • Register: by April 17
  • Grades: K-1st & 2nd – 6th
  • Season: April 20 – May 28
  • Cost: $30/ $20 for Y members

Freestyle Wrestling

  • Register: by April 20
  • Ages: 12-18
  • Season: April 20 – May 29
  • Days:

Freedom Work Folk Forms And Variations April 11

on March 24, 2015 - 4:28pm

Letter to the Editor: 2015 Session Was Not Fun

on March 24, 2015 - 3:16pm
Former Chair of the Democratic Party of Santa Fe County
Current Candidate for Democratic Party of New Mexico State Chair

Congratulations to our Legislators for coming together in our big tent to turn back efforts to hurt workers and children. The session was not fun, and was full of 'my way or the highway' tactics.

The Republicans at the last minute amended the bipartisan capital improvement bill, cutting programs for seniors, education and others, to create a highway slush fund for the Governor to dole out to her supporters.

SFNF Closes Forest Road 263, E.V. Long Campground

on March 24, 2015 - 3:05pm


SFNF News:

SANTA FE – The Santa Fe National Forest today announced the closure of Forest Road (FR) 263 and the E.V. Long Campground on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District due to extreme soil moisture and flood risk. 

The restricted area includes the E.V. Long Campground next to Gallinas Creek as well as the entire length of FR 263 behind the locked gate at Oak Flats and land surrounding the road, including the Burro Mesa Trail Head, Big Pine, Fishing Hole and Baker Flats day use areas.

The closure will protect natural resources and infrastructure in the area, including

Ensemble Transforms Scrap Waste Into Music At Debut Show In Taos April 9

on March 24, 2015 - 12:20pm
TCA News:
TAOS  The Taos Center for the Arts (TCA) presents the internationally renowned percussion ensemble, Scrap Arts Music, for one night only at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at the Taos Community Auditorium.

Scrap Arts Music is music that starts out as scrap, turns into art and then transforms into unforgettable sound. Hear intricate rhythms, experience raw energy and athletic choreography, and see the most inventive reuse of materials on stage today.

Instruments can be fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells, which are as

Udall, Heinrich Urge IRS To Make Paper Tax Forms Available To Rural New Mexicans

on March 24, 2015 - 12:16pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to express concerns about cuts to services, particuarly for rural and elderly New Mexicans.
The letter follows numerous complaints from residents of Fort Sumner, Elephant Butte, Taos and across rural New Mexico about a lack of paper filing forms and reduced office hours due to budget cuts.

Column: Anywhere But Here

on March 24, 2015 - 11:44am
Formerly of Los Alamos

“I want to go home”. Those were my Mom’s most memorable words, after “I love you”, just before she passed away from cancer.

At that moment, I thought I knew exactly what she meant. It was physical, not a call to God to take her, but a wish to be back in the house she had lived the majority of her adult life; the house where
she raised her two kids and watched them go off into the world; where she worked from and happily retired in. It was the home she shared with my Dad and the one in which she outlived him. Home
in every sense of the word.

So it came


Why Don’t Teams Work As Teams?

on March 24, 2015 - 11:33am

Elaine Law will discuss Agile methodology and successful collaboration techniques March 26. Courtesy photo


Last year the US economy lost more than $50 billion because teams didn't know how to collaborate effectively. In fact, TeamGant reports that 57 percent of projects fail as the result of breakdowns in communication.

“That is a huge opportunity cost!,” said Michael Adams, president elect of the local “Otowi Bridge” chapter of the nonprofit Project Management Institute (PMI).

Chapter President Laura Gonzales said, “we could learn a lot about success in business by

Cybersecurity Fun Day For Teen Girls June 20

on March 24, 2015 - 10:56am